Report shows increased crime in Brunswick Co. Schools

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A state report shows crime rates are up in Brunswick County Schools.

School crimes and the dropout rate increased across the state according to the report. 

Anita Bourgeois has two grandsons that grew up going to Brunswick County Schools.

“They’ve had great teachers,” Bourgeois said.

She said something about school in this generation is different.

“It’s nothing like it used to be,” Bourgeois said.

In school year 2014-2015, Brunswick County Schools saw a 7% increase in its crime rate.

“In our grades 9-13, we did see 87 reported offenses. Now, that is up over last year’s, but what I want to be very clear about is that the numbers do fluctuate from year to year,” District Spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

In fiscal year 2013-2014, Brunswick County had 87 criminals acts reported and 130 drop outs. In 2014-2015, the school district had 118 crimes reported and 158 drop outs. Swencki emphasized those offenses are not violent.

“Seventy-six percent of them are based on students who have chosen to bring controlled substances on our campuses,” Swencki said.

Bourgeois said the numbers are not surprising.

“Because of the way we are today,” Bourgeois said.

She said society has changed, but North Brunswick High school Principal Paul Price said the report also shows the schools are trying to help.

“For everything that’s reported there, there have been interventions and things put into place to help those kids,” Price said.

Now, Bourgeois said parents, teachers, and the students need to start working together.

“We all have to do our bit,” Bourgeois said.

Click here to see the full report.

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